The trip to Tacoma last Sunday was a lot of fun. We didn’t leave until late in the afternoon, but the sun was out and there were gorgeous, dramatic clouds floating across the sky to provide the perfect backdrop for our journey. We listened to some good music and had a nice chat. I snapped photos along the way.
Very pleasant day for a road trip!
We got to Tacoma early and were greeted by Deborah Boone, the co-owner and co-director of B2 Fine Art Gallery, who was setting things up for the reception.
The gallery space is beautiful. It featured the work of a number of area artists in addition to that of Agnes Hauptli and Stacey Harvey-Brown. For instance there were several small Chihuly pieces (priced at around $16,000 each).
There were also some stunning Native American pieces by PNW artist, Bo Chambers.
However, the main focus of our interest was the Hauptli /Harvey-Brown exhibit. I have written about these women’s work before. They travel the world observing the topigraphical features of the earth’s surface and then go back to their prospective homes in New Zealand and England, where they sit at their looms and create amazing woven pieces that reflect the nature that they have observed. One really must see it in person to fully appreciate the minute details, amazing textures and subtle colors that are used.
We arrived at the gallery before Agnes and Stacey, which gave us the opportunity to walk around and snap photos. Soon, however, the door opened, and these two weaving geniuses burst into the room on their own cloud of artful energy and lots of laughter. It was absolutely delightful to finally meet them in person! They are certainly forces to be reckoned with!
I asked both women to do wee promo videos so I could upload them to Facebook. Here is Stacey’s:
and here is Agnes’:
Here is a very brief video of some of Agnes’ work:
We were very fortunate in that both Stacey and Agnes were quite vocal about their work, full of interesting stories about their processes. They “worked the room” very well, drifting from person–to-person, answering questions and imparting information. In addition to being quite entertaining, their conversations lent greater meaning to the art for us. In the following photo, Agnes is telling me about the fact that they packed the entire exhibit into only two suitcases and carried tiny backpacks for the few personal belongings that they brought.
Here we are clowning around behind some of Stacey’s work. (That’s me with the red scarf beside Stacy with Agnes hiding in the far back.)
Here is an amazing triptych created by Agnes to reflect the rock formations in Arizona. She has such a sensitive grasp of the delicate colors and the naturally-formed designs. I LOVE this piece!
And another Stacey Harvey-Brown piece that represents a stratum of ancient rock formations, again in Arizona.
Here is a little video that shows some of the fabulous texture, up close and personal:
The following photo is a room full of Stacey Harvey-Brown’s woven tapering structures that resemble stalactites or, as someone else suggested, flowing water.
This brief video shows a sweeping view of my favorite of Stacey’s pieces:
While we were there, the gallery was descended upon by a large group of Pacific Northwest weavers. Glad there was such a great turn out!
Because of the long drive home, John and I had to make a rather early exit, but I must say. I have not stopped thinking about these women’s magnificent art since we were there, and I feel that I’ve made two marvelous new friends, which makes it even better! My sincere thanks to Dhaj Sumner, in New Zealand, who called to tell me about Agnes, who is her neighbor, and Stacey. My life feels richer for having experienced their unique perspectives on the world. I can’t wait to see more! (Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to afford a piece one of these days, too!) 🙂
Thank you, Agnes and Stacey! Your talent is a true gift to us all. Thank you, John, for driving and for accompanying me on this little day trip. I had such a good time.
Oh….and…. Thank you, ART and good karma….for simply being!